Mirror, Mirror

Mirror, Mirror

Reviewed by Jetana Mutter

*This book was provided for an honest review

They say that time heals all wounds but death is never an easy thing to accept. We all know that one day, it is a fate that we will all have to accept, but it doesn’t make it easier to deal with. The death of a loved one can leave a dark hole in your life that never completely goes away; you learn to live your life the best you can without them. Many of us wish that there were a way to communicate with those who have passed from this Earth- to be able to talk to them one more time, to know that they are truly okay. What if your loved one was murdered; how would you be able to cope with that? When we hear paranormal, we usually tend to think about ghosts and things of that nature; but the definition of ‘paranormal’ is defined as “denoting events or phenomena that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding”. What would happen if you suddenly had a link to your loved one who was killed, to find out what exactly happened on that fateful night?

Samantha Williams, or Sam, works for the Oregon Tribune on the crime beat section. One fateful night she is dispatched to the scene of a major pile-up accident where she finds that her whole world has come crashing down on her- her parents both perished in the accident. Months later, as she’s at her Grandmother’s picking through some things that belonged to her parents, she finds her cousin’s old vanity mirror (her cousin, Emily, was brutally murdered in her own home when Sam was just a kid). Things are going good for Sam- she’s got a new home and a new boyfriend- then she starts seeing flashes of her cousin’s murder in the old mirror. When she tries to tell her best friend (who is her roommate) and her boyfriend, neither of them can believe what she is saying. Until one night when she sees Emily’s killer striking again, this time as it happens. With an inexplicable link that only appears to Sam, time starts running out as Sam realizes she is his new target. Will the police be able to catch this maniac before it’s too late? Will Sam be able to solve the mystery of what happened to Emily that devastating night many years ago? Pick up a copy of Mirror, Mirror today and find out for yourself.

Mirror, Mirror is the first book by Jessica Jesinghaus that I have read, and it gripped me tightly and would not let go. From the start, it is captivating as you are pulled into a world that is seemingly unreal with Sam. The link that she is given is one that many people would both be scared to have yet yearn for. To be able to see your cousin’s murder over a decade ago would make a lot of people think that they are going crazy, but Sam uses the knowledge that she is getting to be able to make strides in finding out who Emily’s killer really is. This book is a well written mystery/thriller that will put you on the edge of your seat as you go along on the ride with Sam- making you want to turn the pages in one sitting to find out if your thoughts on the identity of the killer are who you think it is. If you’re looking for a gripping and spell-binding ride, then Mirror, Mirror is for you.

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Puckered

Puckered

Reviewed by Demetrius Svette

*This book was provided for an honest review

WARNING: IF YOU ARE EASILY OFFENEDED, OR WEAK STOMACHED, PLEASE TURN AWAY! THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR YOU, UNLESS YOU WANT TO TEST YOUR INSIDES TO SEE IF THEY VACATE BY YOUR MOUTH!!!

Books like Puckered make me absolutely detest that I have the ability to picture scenes that I have read vividly in my mind. I loved every bit of this book although I really could have done without some of the visuals that appeared while reading. My son saw me reading this book and decided to come over to ask me ‘Daddy, what is that?’ I turned the book over and said ‘It is Puckered and it is definitely not a book for you.’ He looked at the cover and said ‘Ewwwww, I cannot like that; it’s nasty. It is smelly, it stinks Daddy,’ while he fanned his nose. My son is three. Yes, this book does stink- literally- by what the contents inside provide with the most putrid, smelly and grotesque situations that you could ever think of when it comes to a natural thing that everyone does- everyday.

Percival James is a man-child that lives with his mother who tries his best to get kicked out by doing everything that he is not supposed to do. You see, James has this fetish- a very weird fascination of being the one to hold the longest record. This fetish deals with fecal matter. Oh yes, David Owain Hughes and Peter Oliver Wonder took it there- but do not let that make you shy away from a beautifully crafted story of a shower of blood and fecal residue. James is one of the most vile, disgusting creations that God has ever made. You will be tested in many ways throughout this story while you read about a person that craves something that is so much more different from others. Will James hold the longest record before letting go too early? Find out yourself when you pick up your copy of Puckered, you will not regret it.

Through this story, some things made me laugh (I am somewhat sick in the head, so I found certain situations hilarious), but what made me actually laugh was because this book is so uniquely described by David Owain Hughes and Peter Oliver Wonder. Hughes and Wonder are perfect at constructing such an unparalleled story together. I did not know what to expect when this book arrived at my doorstep; I started to read and thought to myself, yep, they really took it there. Literally, this short is one of the best I’ve read all year. Not only is this story masterfully crafted, but it is one of the most disturbing and grotesque ones I have ever read because it deals with the evacuation of the bowels. A topic that most would not dare to write about for entertainment purposes. If you love to be challenged to read a story from start to finish, then you will love Hughes and Wonder in this epic ride of fecal matter with Percival James in Puckered.

I cannot place or compare Hughes and Wonder to anything that I have read so far- they are completely exceptional. My question to these two authors would be where they were when they came up with the idea for this. Puckered is in the top ten of the best and most challenging reads that I have come across yet. The skills and descriptions that they use to setup the scenes and the characters galvanized me. These two could have screwed up and made one of the worst books ever, but they produced one of the best fetish stories ever, that is purely and satisfying unique all the way around. I will always be looking forward to more from Hughes and Wonder in the future- I will have a section on my bookshelves to fill just for them.

Versus

Versus

Reviewed by Demetrius Svette

*This book was provided for an honest review

During my lifetime, there have been many acts of violence in the United States that I will truly never forget; but they have only occurred through the media’s point of view as I have not witnessed most of them in person. Shootings happen everywhere- be it at a school, a movie theatre or even at a hotel. Many acts of violence are a trigger for most people so they will not appreciate the magnitude of the imagination from an author or movie director. I very rarely look to the news or media to learn from the heinous acts of violence to teach myself (and in the future, my kids) the different kinds of violence that exist in a society that has been corrupted. The media has proven that they can manipulate situations, so you can’t trust in first glance at what you’re being told. Allow me to tell you what I think about this book where an incredible and truthful imagination that is raw from beginning to end lies. I do have to tell you that this will disturb you- so if you are weak minded, please just turn away now. Alternatively, you can fully open your mind to the potential wrapped in the pages of these four chapters of terror that is Versus by Andrew MacKay.

Versus is exactly what it sounds like. From the title, you expect the inside to be a world of unfortunate events that will transpire. It will involve the innocent and the not so innocent in the society of Chrome Junction. Through the eyes of the media, the battle between a news reporter and an anchor will occur when the news reporter will stop at nothing to be front and center to rise to fame. Versus will cover different types of turmoil in the U.K., and for the first time, it seems that all hell has just broke loose. This book gives you two unique points of view- those of Freddie and Daryl. Freddie is a student from Chrome Junction Academy who has his faith in Allah challenged. Daryl is a student that never wants people to forget who he is. The two main characters will transpire their ways through a God like atmosphere in this disturbing and chilling story of how the media will do anything to corrupt your mind through their actions in this epic thriller. From the mind of the brave and bold Andrew MacKay, you will be challenged throughout Versus about the real world we live in today. This story is not set in a humorous mind frame- it is a chilling start with a disturbing ending. Step into the world of media as you step in the minds of a psychopath who wants to become a God and one who aims to be the soldier of his own God to diminish the non-believers.

This story steps into boundaries that most will never touch or write about. During my research of works of school shooting fictions, I have found that there are very few in the world. Some think it is a subject better left alone. MacKay, I praise you for taking on these taboos and stepping into the spotlight with touchy subjects; many will hate you for it and many will love you for it. I love that Mackay brought his mind outside of the box. Many would take thriller or horror stories and develop happiness somewhere into the disturbed world they create, whereas MacKay started with disturbing and ended in terror- something that you do not find very much. In the first chapter of this story, I yelled aloud as hard as I could. How many terror events can you fit in a story? Apparently, a lot can happen in works of fiction. Andrew makes me scream and squirm while I read his books because he takes real life events that release monsters into the streets and tears the floor up while the walls tremble down, all without a break for you to catch your breath from all the terror that unfolds within his imagination.

Andrew MacKay is unique in every way I can imagine- he constantly pushes the walls of his thinking box, tearing them down as he watches them explode to give him his creative style of writing. He develops the details and the minds of these characters to make you feel like you have known them for years. You feel their pain and misery. The events that occur in this story will make you so angry in parts that your veins in the top of your head are bulging out; but you end up respecting him as you close his story of madness. You learn things from his writing that will make you think about the world we live in and the events that surround us. MacKay will continue to stretch the bounds of imagination through his fiction as he bends the tape that says, “DO NOT CROSS” and shreds it out of his way. Andrew MacKay has no rules and will not stop because it isn’t something that people talk about, and this is why I will continue to read his works. I urge everyone to read this book as this is one of his best to show the style of MacKay.